UDF Runningmate Mwenifumbo Endorses Chihana

By Taonga Nyirenda United Democratic Front (UDF) Presidential running mate, Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo has endorsed the incumbent Rumphi Central Constituency Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) Parliamentarian Enock Chihana ahead of the May 21 tripartite polls. Mwenifumbo told the people of Rumphi Central Constituency to vote for Enock Chihana for the parliamentary seat in the May 21 polls during a political rally he addressed at Rumphi Boma Wednesday. Mwenifumbo said despite being the UDF presidential running mate, he is still an…

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PP Fails to Field Candidates in Salima

By Watson Maingo-MANA Former ruling People’s Party (PP) will not feature any parliamentary or local council candidate in Salima in the forthcoming tripartite elections as no candidate in the district has declared interest to run on its ticket. Constituency Returning Officers (CROs) in the district indicated on Wednesday that no-one in the district submitted nomination forms to represent the party in the May 21 polls. Another former ruling party, United Democratic Front (UDF) has had a poor showing as…

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Mutharika Vows to Eradicate Poverty, Hails UDF For Championing Democracy

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika says the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government has a mission to end poverty, hunger and fight corruption. Speaking on Saturday at Zomba State Lodge during the 2018 DPP Eastern Region fundraising luncheon, Mutharika said Malawians voted the DPP into power on trust that the party would deliver on its mandate. “The MCP came to end colonialism, the UDF brought democracy while the DPP came with a duty and mission to develop Malawi,” he…

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Stakeholders Urged to Promote Women in Politics

Stakeholders including chiefs, political party leaders and the media in Mchinji have been urged to promote women participation in politics to ensure that more women are holding parliamentary and local government seats. Project Officer for 50-50 campaign in the district, Rodrick Chiphyakule noted on Thursday that there are glaring disparities in the number of men and women holding political leadership positions in the district. Chiphyakule was speaking during an advocacy meeting organised by Global Hope Mobilization (GLOHOMO). “It is…

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Mangochi Religious Leaders, Chiefs Embrace 50:50 Campaign

Religious leaders and chiefs in Mangochi have pledged to support the 50:50 campaign ahead of May 2019 tripartite elections saying neither religious teachings nor cultural beliefs stop women from rising to high positions in politics. The leaders made the commitment on Friday and Saturday during panel discussions organized by the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency to discuss whether religion or culture affect women participation in politics. Chairperson for Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) for the district, Sheikh Fahd Kamsuli, said…

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Parties Fail to Meet 50:50 Requirement

Main political parties in the country are failing to meet the 50:50- requirement of men and women in political positions as shown by results from their conventions. Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and Peoples Party (PP) have all held their conventions but none have achieved equal number of women and men in their respective national executive committees (NECs). Malawi Congress Party spokesperson, Maurice Munthali, said as of now their NEC constitutes 78…

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NGO Grooming Women to Run For Positions in 2019 Polls

A local non-governmental organisation, Gender Governance Justice and Development Centre (GGJDC) says women aspiring for political positions need empowerment for them to ably compete with their male counterparts. GGJDC Programs Officer (Women for Empowerment Leadership Project-WE4L), Grace Makuti, expressed need for women empowerment during training Tuesday in Nkhotakota for women aspiring to contest for various positions in the 2019 tripartite elections. She said GGJDC wants to propel more women to decision making positions at parliamentary and council levels, hence…

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Shadow Women Councilors Gear Up for 2019

In the run up to 2014 tripartite elections, it was even hard to convince her husband to accept that a woman can assume a political office and govern a community. Narrate Her bid for the office of ward councilor met with stiff resistance from members of her own community. “People of my community called me names for interacting with different men who were part of my campaign team. “It was hard since I had to deal with stress and…

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Hungry for Power; Lucius Banda to Challenge Atupele at UDF Convention

United Democratic Front (UDF) Member of Parliament for Balaka North, Lucius Banda says he will challenge the party’s president Atupele Muluzi during the party’s forthcoming convention alleging that at the moment, the party lacks a leader who is committed to the party’s agenda. Banda said this in an interview with Malawi News agency (Mana) on Wednesday in Dowa soon after meeting the district’s party committee where he appealed and encouraged the leaders to unite in rebuilding the party. Banda,…

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Scramble for Blantyre City South Seat

With less than 17 months to go before Malawi holds its sixth general elections under pluralistic system of government, a wave of aspiration for constituency seats is now building up in some areas. Nowhere is the hype surrounding this wave so apparent than in Blantyre City South, a constituency which has a history of offering a one-term limit for its legislator. Unverified figures sourced by the Malawi News Agency (Mana) indicate that about 14 people have already expressed interest…

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